Google Introduces Braille Keyboard on Android

Another enhancement to Android is implemented to meet the needs of users suffering from visual impairment. Now, to improve their user experience, Android phones and tablets are Braille-enabled.

The name of the new keyboard is TalkBack, and it will be available on all devices with Android 5.0 and above. The update is rolled out eventually, and it will reach all the Android phones and tablets globally. The exact schedule hasn’t been published yet.

android Braille-enabled keyboard

It can be found in Settings, under Accessibility. You need to select TalkBack keyboard and activate it. On some devices, the name may differ: for example, on Samsung phones, it’s called Voice Assistant. If you can’t find it on your phone, it may appear after the next Android update.

Those familiar with Braille will be easy with the default 6-key layout for standard Braille dots. For example, to tape A, one has to press the first dot. For B, it takes pressing the first and the second dots at the same time, and so on.

Being a system feature, it’s enabled for all the text fields in all the apps on Android. You can use it in messages, in notes, in Microsoft Office and other office suite elements, and, of course, in browsers.